Project 17 Hosts Meeting on Anti-poverty Programs

Tuesday, Project 17 leaders hosted a meeting to introduce local leaders to the idea and concept, a program that has been used in other communities to help break through a number of generational poverty barriers.

Project 17 executive director Heather Morgan gave attendees an update on efforts, as well as introduced the concept, which is an evidence-based program that has been done in other cities with proven success, she said.

To describe the program in short, the Anti-poverty Program involves both those in poverty and a group of people who will help provide support to them. Both those in poverty and the “allies” go through a training program.

“They come out ready to make a change. They meet with the group of allies one time a week, and the person in poverty makes a plan to get out, and the allies help them reach that plan,” Morgan said.

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